KLOHN, Earle Jardine
August 14, 1927 - July 22, 2013
Earle died late Monday night at Peace Arch Hospital of heart failure. He spent his last day alert and surrounded by his family. Born in Winnipeg, he grew up in Edmonton and graduated from the University of Alberta in 1950 with a BSc in Civil Engineering and two years later with a MSc specializing in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering (geotechnical), which was then a new specialty. He immediately joined Ripley and Associates and became co-founder of Ripley, Klohn and Leonoff. He retired in 1997 from Klohn Crippen. His life was long and healthy, with two happy marriages and four children. He travelled widely for business and personal pleasure. Throughout his career he made significant contributions to his field in Canada and around the world. Among his many honours was the prestigious Legget Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society for outstanding contribution to geotechnical engineering. He was also particularly honoured that his Alma Mater named a science lab after him and his former firm set up a scholarship in his name. He was predeceased by his first wife Beryl, sister Kay Ens, brother Alwin Klohn, and grandson Mark Mitchell. Earle is survived by his wife Lorna, sons Kim (Diane), Doug (Al), Michael and daughter, Jori Mitchell (Mike), four grandchildren, Megan Mitchell, Kevin Mitchell (Kristin), Valerie Klohn, and Andrew Klohn and his sister Marge Cunningham. He is remembered as a man of great integrity, both serious and fun loving, and was passionate about his career and family. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 3 at 11:00 a.m. at Crescent United Church 2756-127th Street in South Surrey followed by a reception at the church. Interment to follow. Viewing is between 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 2 at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, 14831 28th Avenue in Surrey. Donations in Earle's name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jul. 27, 2013.